CDV OF BRIGADIER GENERAL ABNER DOUBLEDAY

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Waist-up seated studio view of Doubleday in uniform. He wears a double-breasted coat with shoulder straps. His cap sits on the table next to him and appears to have a rain cover. Image is clear with very good contrast. A pencil “Doubleday” is under the photo on front of the mount. Photographer’s backmark, E. Anthony, New York, from a Brady negative.

Abner Doubleday (June 26, 1819 – January 26, 1893) was a career United States Army officer and Union major general in the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg taking command of the First Corps following the death of General Reynolds. Gettysburg was his finest hour, but his relief by Maj. Gen. George G. Meade caused lasting enmity between the two men. In San Francisco, after the war, he obtained a patent on the cable car railway that still runs there.

In 1908, 15 years after his death, Doubleday was declared by the Mills Commission to have invented the game of baseball (a claim never made by Doubleday during his lifetime). This claim has been thoroughly debunked by baseball historians.

This image was part of the Ray Ritchie collection. [jet] [ph:L]

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